Dental Insurance is available to people outside of group insurance. But, read the fine print carefully. Most of them have waiting periods of 6-12 months that you are paying for the insurance and can't even use it. Some plans are just a "discount" plan. If you go to a dentist that is expensive, then there is a benefit. If you go to a dentist that has reasonable prices then most times there isn't any savings at all. Your best bet is to call a dental office with your options and we can tell you which one is better or even worth buying.
In some cases, not all teeth need to be removed and replaced. In this situation, a partial denture may be necessary. Some of the remaining teeth may need to be restored with fillings or crowns, but are worth keeping to stabilize the partial. Most people like keeping at least two teeth to anchor the denture in and keep it in place when speaking and chewing. As the remaining teeth fail, they can be added to existing partial. The lifespan of a partial all depends on the care given to keep the remaining teeth and the wear and tear of everyday use. A partial must be kept in the mouth daily as teeth are always moving and leaving it out for an extended period of time may make the partial no longer custom.
Avoid cigarettes, cigars, and any other tobacco products for as long as you can after the extraction. The hormone of estrogen in birth control can affect the ability of the blood to clot- so birth control can be a factor. Also, check with your dentist about other medications you are taking that can interfere with normal blood clotting. Avoid drinking through a straw and spitting for the first few days. Rinse gently.
If you look in the site where the tooth was pulled, you'll probably see a dry-looking opening. Instead of a dark blood clot, there will be a whitish bone. The pain typically starts about 2 days after the extraction. Over time it becomes more severe and can radiate to your ear. Other symptoms include both bad breath and an unpleasant smell and taste in your mouth.
- poor oral hygiene
- wisdom teeth recently removed
- greater than usual trauma during oral surgery
- use of birth control ( larger levels of estrogen= harder for blood to clot sufficiently)
- have a history or dry socket after extractions, oral surgery.
A dry socket is often caused from smoking, rinsing, or sucking through a straw. After an extraction, a blood clot forms inside the extraction site. A dry socket is when that clot is rinsed or sucked away. It can more painful than the toothache before the tooth was pulled. The Doctor can apply a sedative inside the site for relief, but the best solution is to leave it alone and let the healing process take place.
We have an in-house lab that can do repairs and relines while you wait.
Our office does run by appointment, but we usually can get emergency patients in same day. The best bet for a same-day appointment is to call first thing in the morning. If I don't have an opening at that time I usually can work you in at some point in the day. Also, denture repairs can be done the same day, but an appointment is needed.
Dr. James L. Johnson